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Battling Drug Addiction in Bethlehem

Causes of Drug Addiction

Some people are more prone to drug addiction than others, but all usually start recreationally or when they suffer from excessive stress and anxiety. The people who are constantly surrounded by occasional users of these drugs tend to have higher chances of being addicts.

Other facts that can cause addiction are your surrounding environment, family history for addiction, and your genes.

This addiction can further develop over time if you are not careful. People start relying on these drugs either because they make them feel good, or because they stop them from feeling bad about something.

Treatment of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine withdrawal is not easy, and there are side effects associated with it. Because, there are no physical withdrawal symptoms from cocaine addiction present, users generally feel that they are not addicted. Users who wish to quit may face withdrawal symptoms for a period of 24 hours or lasting days and months, called Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms. Treatment drugs to cure cocaine addiction are not necessarily present but other drugs to cure the withdrawal symptoms like paranoia, increased anxiety, cravings, fatigue, and restlessness are present.

Users who are given targeted treatment respond well to recovery. The best results seem to come from social support and counseling. People who have successfully stayed away from cocaine for several years may also feel powerful cravings for the drug as reported by the U.S. Library of Medicine.

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Bethlehem

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is processed from morphine, and is commonly available as white or brown powder. It can be injected, snorted, or smoked. Bethlehem has recently seen a rise in heroin addiction which has been accompanied by a marked increase in drug-related crime and deaths. Because of the many ports and highways in the state, heroin can easily enter Bethlehem , especially from South America.

For many, heroin addiction comes en route from painkiller dependence. Once a person gets hooked on prescription medications, the switch to heroin is the next logical step since the latter is cheaper, potent and widely available. Not to mention, heroin found on Bethlehem streets today is at least five times more pure than it was several decades ago. This results in instant addiction.

How Does Addiction Develop

When you try a drug for the first time, it produces exaggerated effects. Some of these might be psychological in nature; however, a majority of the effects are drug induced. As you continue to engage in the activity of taking drugs and enjoying its pleasurable effects, you begin to reach a state where the dosage does not produce the required effects. This is when you develop what is called a tolerance for the drug.

Under this phenomenon, your body grows accustomed to the drug. Now, whenever you take the dosage that you are accustomed to, your body does not experience the usual high. This of course forces you to increase your drug intake. And the vicious cycle of addiction begins because now you have to continually increase your dosage just to feel a regular high.

Now that you are physiologically dependent on the drug, the chemical balance of your body is changed. At this point, you will realize that you need the drug. This will scare you because you do not want to be dependent on it, so the instant reaction is to stop. Unfortunately, this only further aggravates your health condition because you start to suffer from what are called, withdrawal symptoms.


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